Rangers are planning to offer Ryan Kent a blockbuster new deal worth more than £6million ahead of the January window to end speculation over his future.
The winger, 24, has been integral to the Light Blues’ extraordinary 21-match unbeaten run in all competitions this season.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club will offer Kent a new deal worth around £30,000-a-week to lift him into the top bracket of earners at the club.
The plan is to also extend his current agreement, which runs until the summer of 2023.
This site broke the news last month that Rangers are keen to reward Kent with a new and improved contract that reflects his enhanced status in the team.
Discussions have been complicated by the wide attacker changing agents and he is now being looked after by his family, including brother Casper Kent, who was with Ryan when he completed a permanent £7million transfer from Liverpool last year.
Rangers posted a loss of £15.9m in their newly-published accounts but chairman Douglas Park and vice-chairman John Bennett have announced they will personally meet any financial shortfall to keep the playing squad competitive.
That is a huge boost to Steven Gerrard’s hopes of keeping hold of his best players.
Kent has been in outstanding form in the new campaign started and has supplanted Morelos as the biggest matchwinner in the team.
He opened the scoring in yesterday’s 4-0 demolition of Aberdeen and his 20 appearances this season have yielded six goals and seven assists.
Football Insider exclusively revealed in September that Kent has a £20million release clause in his contract.
That opened the door to a new bid from Leeds after they had an earlier £10m offer knocked back but Kent was keen to remain in Glasgow.